An action shot Johnny Ramone on guitar

A long-awaited gold record for Ramones.

Tonight’s music video is “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones, performed live. The song opens their first album, Ramones, which was recently certified gold 38 years after its release.

It only took six years for the Ramones’ greatest hits album, 1988’s Ramones Mania, to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. By contrast, it’s taken almost four decades for the punk pioneers’ self-titled debut to receive the same distinction, AV Club reports. As of April 30 [2014], 1976’s Ramones has finally moved 500,000 copies, according to the RIAA.

Left wing social media has been in uproar over “homeless spikes,” metal or cement spikes that have been spotted in China, London and other places designed to keep people in poverty from congregating or sleeping. A group called the London Black Revolutionaries poured cement over the spikes outside a Tesco supermarket location. A Vice reporter caught them in action:

Walking through the West End on the way there, it was clear to see why this issue has touched a nerve; there were plenty of homeless people around, using shop doorways for shelter – and the more private businesses install metal studs in those doorways, the fewer sheltered places there are to sleep. The number of homeless in England has been rising for the last few years, with programmes to help people off the streets struggling and council house waiting lists overstretched.

… I hung around outside the Tesco for a while, and before long some guys in hi-vis outfits appeared. They were all carrying buckets, which I soon found out were full of concrete. Tipping the containers all over the spikes, the stuff inside landed with a messy thud on the ledge. […] When they dashed down a side street, I caught up and asked one what exactly they were doing. They explained that they were trying to drown the spikes in concrete, rendering the ledge non-spikey. ‘These [spikes] are in places where people are trying to find a cosy, less wet place to put their head down,’ one said. ‘These are places that the underclass rely on. We give [Tesco] our money and this is how they treat us.’

[…] After our chat they prepared themselves for a second round. This time they poured concrete mix directly out of a bag, then mixed it with the water al fresco. This mostly resulted in a powdery mess and a load of concrete-y water running down the pavement. I pointed out that what they were doing to the spikes was illegal vandalism. ‘We don’t really care, to be honest. If any others pop up, anywhere in London, we’re going to do the same thing to them,’ was the response.

The activists later gave Vice a revealing and detailed interview, and Tesco has reportedly agreed to stop using the devices.

Bonus: Hey Orange Is The New Black fans, it is actually possible to train a cockroach. Thought you should know. Now go catch me the next Yoda.

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and